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Chairwoman Johnson and Subcommittee Chairman Beyer Celebrate the Success of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Flight

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Early this morning, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter succeeded in the first powered, controlled flight on another planet and demonstrated that rotorcraft flight is possible in the thin Martian atmosphere. During Ingenuity’s 39.1 seconds of flight, the Perseverance Rover assisted in communicating data from Ingenuity between Mars and Earth. The rover also captured several images of Ingenuity during ... Read more »

Beyer Statement On Nomination Of Pamela Melroy As Deputy NASA Administrator

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who chairs the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, today hailed President Biden’s announcement that he intends to nominate Pamela Melroy to serve as Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). “In Pamela Melroy the President has chosen a highly qualified nominee, a veteran of the U.S. A... Read more »

Bipartisan, Bicameral Group Introduces Legislation to Build More than 2 Million New Units of Affordable Housing Nationwide

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As millions of Americans experience increasing housing insecurity and communities throughout the country face affordable housing shortages and high levels of homelessness, a bipartisan, bicameral group of U.S. Senators and Representatives today introduced legislation to build more than two million new affordable housing units nationwide in the next 10 years and better meet the needs of at-risk gro... Read more »

Beyer Votes For Legislation To Strengthen Equal Pay Act And Reduce The Wage Gap

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Rep. Don Beyer today voted for H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, landmark legislation to help close the gender wage gap by strengthening equal pay protections for women. The bill, which passed in the House, would create more effective remedies for women who are not being paid equal pay for equal work, including requiring employers to prove that pay disparities exist for legitimate, job-related re... Read more »

Chairman Beyer on Biden-Harris FY22 Discretionary Funding Request: A Blueprint for Building Back Better, Stronger

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Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement in response to the release of the Biden-Harris administration’s FY22 discretionary funding request: “The Biden-Harris administration’s FY22 discretionary funding request would make critical investments to boost education in low-income areas, fight climate change, adva... Read more »

Beyer Hails Expanded Space And Aeronautics Investments In Biden-Harris FY22 Discretionary Funding Request

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who chairs the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, today welcomed the increased investments in space and aeronautics, research and development, and scientific missions contained in the Biden-Harris Administration’s FY22 discretionary funding request. Beyer said: “The President’s skinny budget is an encouraging statement of ... Read more »

Bipartisan, Bicameral Group Of Lawmakers Announce Jabara-Heyer “NO HATE” Act

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Tags: Equality

Today, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers led by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) and U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Fred Upton (R-MI), Judy Chu (D-CA), and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) announced the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality Act (Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act). The legislation would improve hate c... Read more »

House Democrats Legislation to Encourage Green Economy & Manufacturing

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Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) introduced a resolution with Representatives Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Don Beyer (VA-08), Terri Sewell (AL-07), and Ron Kind (WI-03) to direct the Biden administration to restart and conclude negotiations on the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA). The EGA negotiations are designed to incentivize a greener global economy by eliminating tariffs globally on a ... Read more »

Beyer Statement On Reported Nomination Of His Constituent, Retired ATF Special Agent David Chipman, To Serve As ATF Director

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement today on the widely reported decision by President Biden to nominate Beyer’s constituent, retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) special agent David Chipman, to serve as ATF Director: “David Chipman has spent a long and distinguished career working to save American lives by preventing gun violence, efforts which included risking ... Read more »

National Park Service Releases GW Parkway Safety Study

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Today the National Park Service released its long-awaited George Washington Memorial Parkway safety study. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) commissioned the study to determine how to improve safety in its sections south of the City of Alexandria in Fairfax County. The Parkway has been the site of several serious crashes recently, sending motorists to the hospital and snarling traffic. “Traffic volume and hig... Read more »